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Published July 10, 2012, 09:18 PM

Synthetic Drug Ban makes it easier for police to keep people safe

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- The Federal Government is making it harder for manufacturers to produce synthetic drugs, by banning the drugs across the country. President Obama signed the bill into law last night.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- The Federal Government is making it harder for manufacturers to produce synthetic drugs, by banning the drugs across the country. President Obama signed the bill into law last night.

Discontent's Owner Tom Tepley says he's glad there's a consistent policy across the United States. Before the federal ban, rules varied from state to state. Tepley says that was confusing, and made it easy for store owners to be duped by dishonest manufacturers.

Moorhead Police agree, saying the clear-cut policy banning bath salts and synthetic marijuana could cut back on accidents, and abuse.

Lt. Tory Jacobson - Moorhead Police: "The intent it to keep these items that are dangerous to people's health out of the hands of the people who purchase these not knowing they are going to get hurt by them."

The drugs have a variety of effects, some similar to cocaine, and meth.

Before the ban, manufacturers found ways around existing federal and state laws.

Lt. Tory Jacobson: "We are able to plug one more loophole so one person can't go into another state and purchase those items."

At least 3 deaths in our region are blamed on synthetic drugs -- and several others have been hospitalized.

Minnesota communities, like Moorhead and Duluth, have already cracked down on shops selling synthetic drugs.

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